Patterson Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Patterson
July 22nd, 2017
Dickinson, North Dakota

"I met Tyler at a mutual friend’s birthday party. It was a themed party…Tyler was the ONLY one dressed up and he went all out! I can tell you, it wasn’t love at first sight (haha)…It wasn’t until a few months later when we had ran into each other again, that we started dating. We had been together for 5 years when Tyler FINALLY decided to pop the question. On April 3, 2016, Tyler had planned “family pictures” for my whole family out in Medora. We woke up that morning and I think it was the windiest day of the entire year. I tried to convince him to reschedule for a nicer day, but he insisted that this was the only day that worked for Craig (our friend and photographer)…so to Medora we all went. We spent most of the day driving/walking around the Theodore Roosevelt National Park taking random family pictures (my dad was the only one who knew what was coming) and boy was I getting irritated (little did I know it would be the best day ever)! Once we finally got to the “perfect” (and windiest) spot, I just wanted to go home. Craig (our friend/photographer) convinced me to take one more picture, it was then that Tyler grabbed my hand and I looked at him as he was getting down on one knee. It turned out to be one of my most favorite days ever (the wind and all)!"- Tori

"I met Tyler at a mutual friend’s birthday party. It was a themed party…Tyler was the ONLY one dressed up and he went all out! I can tell you, it wasn’t love at first sight (haha)…It wasn’t until a few months later when we had ran into each other again, that we started dating. We had been together for 5 years when Tyler FINALLY decided to pop the question. On April 3, 2016, Tyler had planned “family pictures” for my whole family out in Medora. We woke up that morning and I think it was the windiest day of the entire year. I tried to convince him to reschedule for a nicer day, but he insisted that this was the only day that worked for Craig (our friend and photographer)…so to Medora we all went. We spent most of the day driving/walking around the Theodore Roosevelt National Park taking random family pictures (my dad was the only one who knew what was coming) and boy was I getting irritated (little did I know it would be the best day ever)! Once we finally got to the “perfect” (and windiest) spot, I just wanted to go home. Craig (our friend/photographer) convinced me to take one more picture, it was then that Tyler grabbed my hand and I looked at him as he was getting down on one knee. It turned out to be one of my most favorite days ever (the wind and all)!"- Tori

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Event Planning: - Bride’s family Cake: Kayla Peake Invitations: Quality Quick Print Ceremony Venue: Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery Reception Venue: Astoria Hotel Catering: Mulligan’s Decorator: 701 Designs Shoes: Herbergers Rings: Riddles Brides Dress: Audra’s Bridal Gallery Headpiece or Veil: Audra’s Bridal Gallery Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup: Hair – Britney Olson/ Make up – Jessi Polensky (Motivations by JLee) Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Out of Town Flower Girl's Dress: JJs House "Melanie was such a joy to work with! She captured all the big moments as well as all the finer details, which are so fun to look back on because they day really does fly by. Thank you so much for giving us these images to look back on for years to come!" -Tori

Event Planning: - Bride’s family
Cake: Kayla Peake
Invitations: Quality Quick Print
Ceremony Venue: Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery
Reception Venue: Astoria Hotel
Catering: Mulligan’s

Decorator: 701 Designs
Shoes: Herbergers

Rings: Riddles
Brides Dress: Audra’s Bridal Gallery
Headpiece or Veil: Audra’s Bridal Gallery
Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Hair – Britney Olson/ Make up – Jessi Polensky (Motivations by JLee)
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Out of Town
Flower Girl's Dress: JJs House

"Melanie was such a joy to work with! She captured all the big moments as well as all the finer details, which are so fun to look back on because they day really does fly by. Thank you so much for giving us these images to look back on for years to come!" -Tori

Hauck Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Hauck
July 1st, 2017
Dickinson, North Dakota

"His family sat in front of my family in church for years growing up, but never knew each other’s names. I later found out my high school classmate was his cousin. We added each other on Facebook and that was it since he is 4 years older than I. When I was a senior in high school, he messaged me to tell me that my senior pictures turned out nice. We talked for a year and a half before we started dating. We dated for 3.5 years until he proposed in front of an old barn on his family farm with a slide show made of pictures of us separately growing up and us together. " 

"His family sat in front of my family in church for years growing up, but never knew each other’s names. I later found out my high school classmate was his cousin. We added each other on Facebook and that was it since he is 4 years older than I. When I was a senior in high school, he messaged me to tell me that my senior pictures turned out nice. We talked for a year and a half before we started dating. We dated for 3.5 years until he proposed in front of an old barn on his family farm with a slide show made of pictures of us separately growing up and us together. " 

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"We had an 18 month engagement due to me finishing graduate school. I didn’t want to try to be doing both in a short amount of time. Being type A organized, wedding planning was a breeze. I had the major items, such as venue, photographer, videographer, party bus, and church booked 9-12 months ahead of time. I did most of the booking and details myself with my mom’s help. I can honestly say I never felt stressed out since we had so much time to plan and everything fell together perfectly." 

Cinematography: Videography by LJ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Videography-by-L-J/161874847175813

Event Planning: My mom and myself

Cake: Cupcakes from SAMs Club and Dan’s Supermarket

Ceremony Venue: St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Dickinson, ND http://stwenceslausnd.com

Reception Venue: Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge Dickinson, ND http://www.guestreservations.com/ramada-grand-dakota-hotel-dickinson/booking
Catering: Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge Dickinson, ND http://www.guestreservations.com/ramada-grand-dakota-hotel-dickinson/booking

Decorator: Life of the Party- Coley Hueske
Shoes: Payless http://payless.com/

Rings: Schumacher Diamond http://www.schumacherdiamond.com

Brides Dress: Bridal N More https://www.bridalnmorebismarck.com

Headpiece or Veil: Bridal N More https://www.bridalnmorebismarck.com

Bridesmaids' Dresses: David’s Bridal with my mom adding sequins to the bodice http://www.davidsbridal.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7JfSBRBrEiwA1DWSG-ve-0e09Lc8MCr-K2wmEMRf6ViOROg0PT6sBb-yn4lyzIWjyYK_2hoCMakQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COXAosKNsNgCFcUBPwod1R8BaQ

Hair and Makeup: Hair- Beauty Bar Salon and Spa Dickinson, ND.. Make up- Andrea Miller (Sister in Law) http://beautybar.mysalononline.com/Contact

Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: JcPenney https://www.jcpenney.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=paid%20search&cid=paid%20search%7Cgoogle%7CG_JCP_Official_Site%7CG_JCPenney_EXACT&utm_content=kwd-29180950&gclid=CjwKCAiA7JfSBRBrEiwA1DWSG1si5VaMSeOtLYzjxW4ulMvwMKSQD9FP9P4K38Z-7SnpiyVpnN9GOBoCL0sQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMel4dyNsNgCFclIAQodedMHzA

Flower Girl's Dress: Amazon with my mom adding beading and a belt

"Thank you Melanie for the hundreds of amazing photos. We can’t wait to look back on these 60 years from now admiring how young we look :)" -Lexi

 

Olson Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Olson
June 17th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

We first met on a sandbar on the Missouri River. We were introduced by mutual friends. I was currently in a relationship at the time that went south about a month later and I happened to run into Zack again. I was infatuated with him ever since I met him on the River that day. We finally went on our first date and not long after that we were official and moved in together 6 months later and the rest was history. It happened really fast but it’s almost like we were meant for each other.   Zack proposed to me at our good friend’s wedding (it was actually the bride and groom’s idea). They called him up with this great idea that when she would go to throw the bouquet she would just turn around and give it to me (of course at first I thought this was a joke like “haha you’re not engaged yet so you better hurry up”) and Zack would be down on one knee behind me with a ring. Of course, I never saw this coming because who proposes at someone else’s wedding but the fact that our friends wanted to surprise ME on their big day made everything that much better. 

We first met on a sandbar on the Missouri River. We were introduced by mutual friends. I was currently in a relationship at the time that went south about a month later and I happened to run into Zack again. I was infatuated with him ever since I met him on the River that day. We finally went on our first date and not long after that we were official and moved in together 6 months later and the rest was history. It happened really fast but it’s almost like we were meant for each other.

 

Zack proposed to me at our good friend’s wedding (it was actually the bride and groom’s idea). They called him up with this great idea that when she would go to throw the bouquet she would just turn around and give it to me (of course at first I thought this was a joke like “haha you’re not engaged yet so you better hurry up”) and Zack would be down on one knee behind me with a ring. Of course, I never saw this coming because who proposes at someone else’s wedding but the fact that our friends wanted to surprise ME on their big day made everything that much better. 

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Wedding planning came pretty easy as I had an idea of what I wanted for quite some time. I wanted things to be boho/rustic but simple. I didn’t want tons for floral but just greenery/ leaves/ branches that sort of thing. Our tables had long vines across them with wood rounds in the middle that had old milk bottles/jars with greenery in them, candles and deer antlers. The table clothes were a champagne color with lace runners. Our backdrop was a sheer with lights and vines hanging down. I really couldn’t have had a better decorator. The only downfall was not being able to get married outdoors. We had about a 50% chance of rain that day and didn’t want to chance being poured on so we said our I Do’s on the barn itself.

 

I got a lot of ideas on Pinterest and bought a lot of my décor/gifts/jewelry etc… from Esty.

 

Tammy was so easy to work with and pretty much hit the nail on the head on what I wanted my venue to look like. She did all the set up and tear down which was very helpful.

 

Broadway was also great to work with. Kris made sure I stayed within my budget and everyone was in and out quickly that morning. The girls were very happy with their results.

Cake: Katy Kakes http://www.kaitykakes.com
Invitations: Bob’s Photo http://bobsphoto.com
Ceremony Venue: South 40 Events- Pavilion https://southfortyevents.com
Reception Venue: South 40 Events- Pavilion https://southfortyevents.com
Catering: The Woodhouse https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Woodhouse/114186271946521
Decorator: Tammy Kelsch
Shoes: David’s Bridal
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Rings: Zales for mine and Zack’s was from Esty (wood and antler) Origin HG https://www.zales.com
Brides Dress: White Lace Bridal http://www.whitelacebridalnd.com
Headpiece or Veil: I did a hairpiece (succulent clip) from an Esty vendor called The Fancy Triangle
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Apricot Lane Boutique https://apricotlaneboutique.com
Hair and Makeup: Broadway Salon and Spa https://broadwaycentrespaandsalon.com
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse https://www.menswearhouse.com
Flower Girl's Dress: Forever 21 https://www.forever21.com/us/shop

"Melanie was great from the start. I love the fact that she was there the day we got engaged and was able to capture that moment for us. From the engagement pictures to the wedding pictures she was able to create my visions in my head. I can’t wait to call her when the time comes for a pregnancy shoot. Thank you, Melanie, for capturing these special moments in our lives and I’m glad I can call you a friend." -Elisha

Governor Burgum | Editorial Photography Bismarck, ND

Interview with Governor Burgum 

Last year I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Governor Burgum for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce Magazine. 

Last year I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Governor Burgum for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce Magazine. 

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Governor Burgum won me over with his kind personality and his exercise ball chair :) 

Governor Burgum won me over with his kind personality and his exercise ball chair :) 

To read the issue click HERE! 

To read the issue click HERE!